All Blacks, Ireland and France assess rugby World Cup draw

All Blacks, Ireland and France assess rugby World Cup draw

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“Don’t think so. I think Tonga showed in the
last World Cup that they’re capable of beating anybody. They beat the, the other finalists
in France. Our quarter-finalists and semi-finalists will be tough games, so…. you know, there’s
pluses and minuses and I think, from our point of view, we’re pretty happy with where we’ve
ended up.” “It’s a very European pool. It will be a bit
like playing in the Six Nations. So we’ll try and use the upcoming Six Nations to find
out about our opponents. All this to play in this World Cup in England in 2015, which
will really be a fantastic thing.” “Because we play one another so often – both
at international level, but also at club and provincial level – the players will know one
another very well. We had to come up with a really solid performance against Italy to
get out of our pool the last time, and…. but you know, it’s going to start really early,
isn’t it, because we tour America in June, so we have one of the Americas teams in against
us, so we play the US and Canada and June, and we also have a long-standing World Cup
history with the likes of Romania, Georgia, Russia, whoever comes through. So, I think
(New Zealand captain) Richie McCaw summed it up best when he said there’s no such thing
as an easy pool, but you know it’s definitely something to look forward to, isn’t it.”

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